When the Nashville Predators have something to prove, and I mean really prove, they know how to bring it. Case and point: tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. The Predators pulled no punches, literally and figuratively. Instead, Smashville gave their home crowd plenty of reasons to cheer. Of course, having one of those reasons being to celebrate a shutout is always good.
The Predators had three new faces on the ice tonight, with Boychuk and Butler on offense and Bartley on defense. But in the first period, it was all off to the old hats of Nashville. Six minutes into the period Hornqvist put home a power play goal, something Nashville has been lacking in recent games. With just over a minute left, Legwand went to dump the puck in the Oiler zone only to have the puck sail past the goalie and into the net.
With the Predators finally pushing in on the net this game, it is no surprise that a third goal came less than a minute into the second period. Clune made a rare appearance on the score sheet with his wrister. It was not until the last two minutes of the second that a new face showed up in the crease for a goal. Boychuk tipped in his first goal in his first game as a Predator off assists from captain Weber and top scorer Erat.
Sounds like an exciting way to start your career, doesn’t it Boychuk?
The third period played out much like the others, with a goal and the front and at the end of the period. This time though, both goals came from Colin Wilson. The young forward continues to keep up the pressure on opposing teams, tonight with first line assists and a power play goal.
For this game, congratulations go out to Boychuk for his first Predators goal, Wilson’s continued point domination, and to Rinne for taking home a six nothing shutout. Props to the Preds!
With Wilson putting up the points for the Preds, fans will have to wait and see if he continues to provide Saturday night when the Wild come to visit at 8pm EST.